Tuesday, 7 April 2015

BFGI carving skilled liveware to effectuate National Skill Development objective for Make in India programme.

The 'Make in India' program declared by PM Narendra Modi calls for focusing on skill and knowledge buildout, to lead to revival and significant progress of Indian manufacturing sector. The nucleus of the programme is to ensure GDP contribution of manufacturing sector increases to 25% in next few years. Make in India will invite key players of Global corporate for launch in India, by offering new environment to investors. The modus operandi requires synchronization between the objectives of the government, academic world, industry and job seekers for ensuring that industry specific skills are imparted. Potentially, the target group for skill development comprises all those in the labor force, including those entering the labor market for the first time, those employed in the 
organized sector and those working in the unorganized sector. The current capacity of the skill development programs is 3.1 million. India has set a target of skilling 500 million people by 2022.  To overcome this shortfall, the policy envisions the establishment of a National Skill Development Initiative which will empower all individuals through improved skills, knowledge, nationally and internationally recognized qualifications to gain access to decent employment and ensure India’s competitiveness in the global market.

In the emerging economy, people will need to continuously learn new skills to meet the economy’s changing requirements. Keeping with the skill development initiative, BFGI has come up with India’s 1st  Skill Development centre, in association with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Government of India with the initial projected cost of Rs 20 Crores. The roadmap is ready and the 
MOU has been signed. We would focus on Institution-based skill development, formal and informal apprenticeships and other types of training by enterprises. Live workshops, ranging from Automobile workshop in association with Automobile Sector Skill Council of India , Electronics workshop in association with Electronic Sector Skill Council of India , Center of Excellence for Pluming, Manufacturing and Capital Goods in association with Pluming and Capital Goods Skill Councils of India, Heath and Hospitality Clinics in association with Health Sector Skill Council of India and Hospitality Sector Skill Council and many more, will be conducted. As a part of this venture, service centers of different companies like LG, Godrej, Whirlpool, Bosch, Carnation etc. are being established within the campus. The students would be working on some of the real time projects under the expert guidance of master trainers and technicians. Our aim is to be an integral part of “Make In India” programme and to proffer skilled workforce to the 25 key sectors identified under it.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

World Consumer Rights Day was established on 15 March 1983 to promote consumer rights around the world.

In a speech in South Africa in 1890 Mahatma Gandhi said this:

“A customer is the most important visitor on our premises. He is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He is not an interruption of our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outsider of our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.” Thus a Consumer is the King of the market. Identifying this importance, every year on 15 March we observe World Consumer Rights Day ( WCRD).

If a consumer is offered inferior products, if prices are exorbitant, if drugs are unsafe or worthless, if the consumer is unable to choose on an informed basis, then his Rupee is wasted, his health and safety may be threatened, and national interest suffers it will create a negative impact in today’s scenario. WCRD is an opportunity to promote the basic rights of all consumers, for demanding that those rights are respected and protected, and for protesting the market abuses and social injustices which undermine them. In India Consumer Protection Act 1986, is established in support to safeguard consumer’s rights.

8 Basic Rights under the Act are:
1. The right to safety
2. The right to be informed
3. The right to choose
4. The right to be heard
5. The right to satisfaction of basic needs
6. The right to redress
7. The right to consumer education
8. The right to a healthy environment.

Real life implementation of the rights:

In recent times, in real estate sector, many builders in Delhi NCR are delaying the possession of their residential projects. The buyers have to bear double cost: one of EMI, secondly rent cost. They can are now filing a civil suit for the infringement of their agreement. Going further they can also file the petition before the District or State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission under Consumer Protection Act and can call for compensation against delay and can also call for the allotment of house in an alternative sight.

In the case of Sahara Housing Project, many consumers were ordered by the commission for the allotment of alternative sites after it was found that the Sahara is delaying its projects unnecessary for the last four years.

The day is organized by Consumers International (CI), which is the world federation of consumer groups that serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers and was founded in 1960. Currently it has over 250 member organizations in 120 countries around the world.

The Theme for WCRD 2015 is Healthy diets. Unhealthy diets are linked to overweight and obesity, high blood pressure, high blood glucose and high cholesterol. It really is time the world wake up to the price of unhealthy diets.

As part of a package of measures required protecting and promoting healthy diets, CI is calling for mandatory -

1. Reduce Salt Consumption: CI is calling for the introduction of national targets for the gradual reduction of salt content in processed foods and for education, communication and public awareness programmes to encourage a reduction in salt intake.

2. Reducing sugar consumption: CI is calling for the introduction of national targets for the gradual reduction of sugar content in processed foods and for the use of fiscal tools to encourage a reduction in consumption of high sugar products.

3. Nutrition labeling on pre-packaged foods: CI is calling for mandatory, nationally-standardized nutrition labeling on all pre-packaged food and beverages in all countries. This should include the provision of interpretive, front-of-pack nutrition labeling that empowers consumers to make healthy food choices quickly and easily.

4. Healthy Food In Schools: CI is calling for schools to be free from unhealthy food marketing; the provision of safe, free drinking water in all schools; rules on nutritional content of food sold in canteens, vending machines etc; purchasing and commissioning activities to promote the consumption of healthier foods and limit the consumption of unhealthy foods.

Thus in 2015, WCRD is aiming to overcome one of the most dangerous crisis i.e Food Crisis. We as students should also pledge to work towards consuming healthy food and keeping our mind and body healthy.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

You are a Woman “Make It Happen"

Women are leaders everywhere you look -- from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes." — Nancy Pelosi

Finally, feminism is growing some teeth. This year, International Women’s Day is themed “Make It Happen,” a much-needed call to get cracking on a few of the biggest issues for women around the globe. It’s a message echoed by Executive Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who recently posted a video message urging countries to “step it up” for gender equality, so that the world will be 50/50 by 2030. In 2015, “awareness” is out — action is in.

No Country Has Reached Gender Equality Says UN. And it’s about time. The “awareness”-based solutions for problems facing women generate a lot of Twitter activity, but little genuine change. The last year was full of online discussion of feminist issues, from #yesallwomen to #rapecultureiswhen to #whyistayed, which help inform the public and give voice to survivors. But raising awareness is only the first step — in order to create an equal world for women; we need real policy change, and lots of it. Legislative changes won’t be popular with everyone, not even with all women. But the international community is finally starting to see that awareness is simply not enough.

We will learn more about some of the tangible goals for the next few decades of women’s advancement later this week, at the 59th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which is celebrating 20 years since the famous Beijing Platform for Action. If you’re not up on your UN history, that was where Hillary Clinton famously said “women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights” in 1995.

Here’s a brief look at some of the big improvements that have been made for women since Beijing. There are still major obstacles for women: violence against women is still a pandemic, too few women are in leadership roles and most workplaces don’t make enough accommodations for working mothers, especially in the India & United States. But there have been some brief glimmers of progress, evidence that when we commit to global action for women, we actually can move the needle toward greater gender equality.

The UN theme for International Women's Day 2015 is "Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!" Governments and activists around the world will commemorate the 20th anniversary year of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, an historic road-map that sets the agenda for realizing women's rights. The International Woman’s Day theme for 2015 is ‘Make It Happen’ with a dedicated hash-tag for social media.

Here are some stats that will make your day (according to UN Women website):

1) Education: Since 1995, we've reached a point where girls and boys worldwide are enrolling in primary school at almost equal rates. That is a huge step forward. The next step is secondary school, where the gender gap widens again.
2) Maternal Mortality: In the last 25 years, maternal mortality has dropped by 45%, which means that half of the women who survive childbirth today wouldn't have made it in a different time. But there’s still more work to do — 800 women a day die from basic pregnancy complications, mostly in the developing world.
3) Water access: Water is an important issue for women, since in many developing countries girls are responsible for fetching water, a task so time-consuming and difficult that it can keep them out of school or put them in danger of being attacked. Between 1990 and 2010, 2 billion people gained access to clean drinking water, relieving the burden of water-fetching from girls. Still, in Sub-Saharan Africa, women spend 16 million hours for day getting water.

4) Leadership: Since 1995, the number of women serving in legislatures has nearly doubled — but that still only translates to 22% of politicians worldwide.
There’s still much more to do, especially when it comes to getting women into leadership roles and stopping violence against women. But the advances in health and education since 1995 have been striking. It means we should take heart — even if there’s a lot more work to do, progress is possible. It’s already happened, and we can make it happen again.
The technology field is notorious for a gender gap, as men outnumber women 7 to 3 in jobs despite the fact that the women make up 57 percent of the work force.
“Where women are included, you’re more likely to have democracy; you’re more likely to have stability and prosperity,” said Hillary Clinton at a technology conference last month, reports The Guardian. “It’s not just a nice thing to do.”
“We can literally count on one hand the number of women who have actually been able to come here and turn their dreams into billion-dollar businesses,” added Clinton. “We’re going backward in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward.”

Companies like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, and Yahoo have come out to admit their gender gaps (and where they lack racial diversity) which helps start the dialogue about gender inequality. While progress is being made, reaching gender equality around the world will take a very long time. According to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the head of U.N. Women, it will take 81 years for a girl born today to have equal chances of being a CEO and 50 years for equal chances of being a nation's leader.

"No industry or country can reach its full potential until women reach their full potential. This is especially true of science and technology, where women with a surplus of talent still face a deficit of opportunity." Sheryl Sandberg

Google has also celebrated International Women's Day with a doodle presenting women in high achieving roles as astronauts, scientists, athletes, teachers, musicians, chefs and writers – roles that were once reserved solely for men.

This year’s theme is ‘make it happen’ and aims to encourage effective action for advancing and recognizing women. It focuses on women in different professional sectors; the arts, female-owned businesses, in senior leadership roles, and all aspects of working environments where gender parity has still not been achieved.

When International Women’s day is celebrated?
International Women's Day (IWD), also called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year. In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women's economic, political, and social achievements. Started as a Socialist political event, the holiday blended the culture of many countries, primarily in Europe, especially those in the Soviet Bloc.

In some regions, the day lost its political flavor, and became simply an occasion for men to express their love for women in a way somewhat similar to a mixture of Mother's Day and Valentine's Day. In other regions, however, the political and human rights theme designated by the United Nations runs strong, and political and social awareness of the struggles of women worldwide are brought out and examined in a hopeful manner. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons. On this special day, celebrate life.

"Remember the dignity of your womanhood. Do not appeal, do not beg, do not grovel. Take courage, join hands, stand besides us, fight with us." Christabel Pankhurst

As busy women with school/ jobs/ kids/ demanding partners/ demanding cats/ a million little things to do each and every single day, it's rare that we take the time congratulate ourselves on being really bloody great. But we are. Take a break from your busy schedule. Let your hair down, have fun and do what your heart says. Coz today is your day. Have a great Women’s Day! Baba Farid Group of Institutions wish all the women a very very happy International Women’s day and wishes them good luck for their future endeavors.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Placement Crusade on the Go!!!

40 students of BFGI got recruited at Leading companies

Baba Farid Group of Institution is such a revolutionary institution in Malwa region wherein scholarly activity and innovations are always appreciated and encouraged. BFGI is providing countless opportunities and exposure to all the students for their personality development and enhancement of the talent. Baba Farid Group of Institutions held a campus placement drive for its Students where renowned companies including Infosys, IDS Infotech, Hi-Tech Point, Airsoft Infosys paid a fecund visit to the campus.

Maintaining its tradition to make all its students employable another effort of BFGI showed a great success for its students. Infosys hired 15 students of Baba Farid College, BFGI. These selections were based on their key technical skills as well as highly effective communication skills. HR Head of Infosys conducted a written Test and personal Interview.

Infosys is a global leader in consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions. Infosys enables clients in more than 50 countries to outperform the competition and stay ahead of the innovation curve. With US$8.25bn in FY14 revenues and 165,000+ employees, they provide enterprises with strategic insights on what lies ahead. Globally, Infosys have 73 sales and marketing offices and 93 development centers.

Baba Farid College (BFC) has successfully placed 22 students of BBA in leading companies like IDS Infotech, Hi-Tech Point, Airsoft Infosys. BFC has been getting attraction of large corporate houses not only from Punjab but from other states as well. The institute has always succeeded in accomplishing the objectives of providing knowledge and professionalism to its students and has managed to meet the expectations of students as well as corporate houses.

The recruitment process of the companies included Aptitude Test that had four sections namely: Quantitative, Verbal Ability, General Reasoning and Computer Knowledge. The students, fully charged up with enthusiasm and confidence, reached at the venue. The panel asked the technical questions from various fields including Human Resources, Marketing, Finance etc. The panel really appreciated the level of understanding of students with regards to the latest developments in the Business World and the way students quoted the examples from the routine and established a connection with the theoretical aspects. However, the other companies took their Personal Interview in the college campus. Finally 22 students were offered placements out of which 12 got placements in Hi-Tech Point, 8 in IDS Infotech and 2 in Airsoft Infosys. It is worth mentioning that 7 students of BBA had been recruited by HDFC Bank earlier and 6 students have got multiple offers in this Placement season.

 Pardeep Kaura, Deputy Director, Academics, BFGI congratulated all the selected students and Training & placement department and said, “I am extremely happy with the efforts of training and Placement department. It’s became possible because of the efforts made by BFGI by collaborating with Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, HCL being more”.

Chairman, BFGI, Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal congratulated all the gems of BFGI and their parents for their success & while expressing his happiness said, “The credit of this success goes to the students as well as their teachers who are continuously providing knowledge to the students as per the innovative teaching methodologies adopted in BFGI campus.”

Mr. Dhaliwal mentioned, “We have dedicated this year for the Skill Development of our students and our main aim is to align their skill set with the requirements of Industries. To sharpen their skill we focus primarily on Trainings, Seminars on personality development and communication skills. I congratulate all the students for getting placed in reputed organizations and wish them all the best for their bright career ahead.”

Mr. Dhaliwal further added, “We have examined that loads of students are lacking far behind in skills, be it communication or technical, so we are establishing a skill development center inside the premises of BFGI to train our students well so that we can meet with the demands of present industries and to make all our students employable in big companies like Infosys. BFGI is the 1st educational institution of Punjab to establish Skill Development Center with the initial amount worth Rs. 20 crores. Students are also given high quality education, huge infrastructure and modern facilities at BFGI.” He hopes other students to bag jobs in big companies too & to make BFGI shine like a diamond.”

BFGI will take such initiatives in future as well to ensure 100% placement to all its students by calling renowned companies at its doorstop thus creating tremendous prospectus for its students.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

BFGI Organized 1st Ever Global Summit of the Region

India’s First ever High End Skill Development Centre in Higher Education coming up at BFGI

 Baba Farid Group of Institutions (BFGI) is one of the premier educational institutions situated in north India at Bathinda, Punjab. BFGI nurtures more than 10,000 students in the field of Engineering, Management, Commerce, Arts, Science, Computers, IT, Humanities, Agriculture and other professional courses. BFGI has been putting its earnest efforts since last few years in the field of education to eradicate unemployment. The journey that started way back in 1993 from a primary school to Baba Farid Group of Institutions in 2015 has been absolutely great and fruitful for BFGI. Associated with some of the greatest multinational companies of the World that include Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, HP, HCL, Nokia to name the few, BFGI is the only institution in the region having associations with almost all the major industrial bodies of the Country that includes FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM, PHD Chamber, AIMA, NASSCOM and many more. The goal of these collaborations for BFGI is to build sustainable, multidimensional relationships, partnerships that enhance the opportunities for students of BFGI to study, research & be employable in any part of the World.
BFGI recently organized the global summit on Industry-Academia Interface in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industries. This summit was in line with the "SKILL INDIA" which is one of the crucial theme of "Make in India" campaign launched by our Honorable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, to bring Industry and Academia on the common platform to discuss some of the key issues and challenges related to Skill Development.

 Industry Leaders, CEO's, Experts, Visionaries, Researchers and Top educationists from throughout the world attended the event and addressed the key issues, challenges, opportunities and threats related to Education, Skill Development and Employability. BFGI has been doing earnest efforts since last few years in bringing Industry and Academia closer and for that after years of research BFGI came up with its unique Industry-Academia Interface model that was launched at this Global Summit. The purpose of this model is to eradicate unemployment from the country. The major threat of Industry is skilled manpower and the major threat of academia is placements. This model addresses both these key issues. BFGI would soon be submitting this model to honourable Prime Minister of India for his review and further implementation of the same in Indian Higher Education System.

It’s often seen that summits on education, skills and employability are being organized in tier 1 cities however this was the first time that this type of Summit was organized in Educational Institution and that too not in the main stream city but in the small town like Bathinda, Punjab. The very fact that these types of summits have now come out from the main stream cities to the remotest parts of the country is a sign that we have come out from mere policy making & discussions to the execution in real sense and eradication of the major threat of the country i.e Unemployment.

Chief Guest of Global Summit organized by BFGI was Hon’ble Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr. Parkash Singh Badal. Honorable CM, Mr. Badal congratulated Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal Chairman Baba Farid Group of Institutions, Bathinda Punjab on his Success. Mr. Badal said that, “I believe no other institution in Punjab can perform as well as Baba Farid Group of Institutions is performing. I feel highly honoured to be the part of BFGI’s Global Summit. I prefer attending the events wherein people make huge efforts for the development of not only education sector but of whole country. It’s commendable that BFGI has prepared its ‘Unique Industry Academia Interface Model’ to eradicate the problem of unemployment which will surely reduce the problem of drug addiction of our country  which people get indulged into due to the stress of being unemployed.” He committed to acknowledge and honour Mr. Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal on coming Independence Day for all his great efforts he is making to develop educational sector. Mr. Badal was extremely happy with the arrangement of the institution; he praised the management, infrastructure and the efforts of BFGI.

On this occasion, Hon’ble CM Mr. Badal kept the foundation stone of India’s First ever Innovative and High End Skill Development Centre which is established in BFGI campus in association with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) with the initial cost of 20 crores. As a part of this Skill Development Centre BFGI would be establishing live workshops\labs and service centres in association with different industries to give students hands on exposure before entering the job market. Companies like Whirlpool, LG, Godrej, Bosch, Carnation and many others have already shown positive consent to BFGI for establishing their service centres at BFGI.

Inaugurating this Summit and welcoming the guests, Chairman, BFGI, Mr Gurmeet Singh Dhaliwal said that, “This summit is the result of enormous collective efforts of dignitaries and experts from Industry, Academia, Industrial Associations and Government bodies. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to all the Distinguished Guests and eminent personalities present in the summit who have come all the way from different locations to attend this Global Summit. It’s an honor for us to have your esteemed presence in this remote location and this gives us strength and confidence for the steps that we are taking towards Education, Skill Development and Employability. I am happy to reveal that we have successfully signed MOU’s with 25 companies and have a target of signing 100 MOU’s in 2015 “. He also discussed the Unique Industry-Academia Interface model that BFGI has developed after years of research to eradicate the problem of Unemployment from our Country.

It’s also worth mentioning that the Global Summit was inaugurated by the Chairman and Managing Director of National Fertilizer Limited (NFL), Ms. Neeru Abrol by lighting the auspicious lamp. The guest of Honour was Mr. R.K. Verma (IAS), Secretary, Technical Education & Industrial Training, Vice Chancellor, Punjab Technical University. The Keynote Speaker of Global Summit was Mr. Silvano Storti, Chairman & Managing Director; WTT India Pvt. Ltd, Regional Director of PHD chamber, Mr. Dalip Sharma gave the vote of thanks during the event.

 On Global Summit the list of speakers who have enlightened the topic “Education, Skill Development and Employability” includes Mr. Silvano Storti, Chairman & Managing Director - WTT India Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Darpan Kapoor, Chairman - CII, Chandigarh Council and Vice Chairman - Kapsons, Mr. Ramesh Vinayak, Resident Editor - Hindustan Times, Mr. Narendra Mohapatra CEO - Electronics Sector Skill Council and Dr. Prem Kumar, Director Projects - BML Munjal University. The panel was concluded by defining the strategies required to make skill development possible particularly in the area of higher education and by defining the efforts required by Industry and academia to make the students employable.

The list of panellists of afternoon session on the topic “Aligning Curriculum with National Skill Qualification Framework” includes Mr. David Wittenberg, Founder of University 4.0, Ms. Meghna Sharma, Consultant - NSDA, Govt. Of India, Prof. (Dr.) A.S. Chawla, Dean Academic Affairs - Punjabi University, Patiala,  Dr. Prem Kumar, Director Projects - BML Munjal University and Mr. Vishal Jindal, CEO - Khwaspuria Advisory Pvt. Ltd. (Assessment Body). The panel discussion touched upon how the curriculum and courses taught in Educational Institutions/Universities can be aligned to the National Occupational Standards developed by NSDC and various Sector Skill Councils on the basis of National Skill Qualification Framework developed by NSDA, govt. of India.

The panel discussion on the topic ‘Evaluation and Certification of Skills in Higher Education” was done by Mr. Ravi Kumar, Company Secretary - NSDC, Mr. Harpreet Brar, Vice President, Plumbing Sector Skill Council, Mr. Vivek Pandit, Vice President - IL & FS, Prof, (Dr.) P.K. Tulsi, Dean R & D, Education & Education Management Department, NITTR. The panel discussion focused upon our week system of evaluation and certification of skills(particularly in higher education) of existing students pursuing their degrees and how should Industry, Academia and Government come and work together to strengthen this system so that our students can be absorbed by the industry upon acquiring the necessary skills as required by industry.

The list of panellists on day 2 of Global Summit on the topic ‘Funding Opportunities for Promoting R & D and Skill Development at Self Financed Institutions/Universities includes Prof. (Dr.) A.S. Chawla, Dean Academic Affairs - Punjabi University, Patiala, Mr. Chandra Mohan, Advisor/Scientist G - Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology (DST), Dr. Gyan Prakash Yadav, Assistant Director, AICTE, Dr. Nikhil K. Sachan, Education Officer, UGC, Ministry of H.R.D., Govt. of India, and Ms. Mayuri Misra, Program Manager, NFCSR, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Govt. of India. The session deliberated on innovative ways of attracting / involving different bodies (Government, Industry and Research Institutions) for funding the self financed Educational Institutions / Universities for research and development. As a part of this session suggestions were made to UGC and AICTE that like DST, DRDO and other such funding agencies in India and abroad there should be no disparity in allocation of funds for promotion of R&D and Skill Development in self-financed institutions vis-a-vis other government institutions. Also there should be more focus and stress given to R&D to improve the quality of our education system

Overall the Global Summit organized by Baba Farid Group of Institution was a huge success as it was the first time in the region that such an initiative was taken by an Educational Institution. The summits on Skills and Education generally focus upon the problems in our Education System; however this Global Summit focused on the solutions to those problems, solution to the biggest threat of Industry i.e. shortage of Skilled Manpower, solution to the biggest threat of academia i.e. placements and solution to the biggest problem of our nation i.e. Unemployment. The innovative and unique Industry-Academia Interface model launched at the Global Summit and the Skill Development Centre inaugurated during the summit with initial cost of 20 crores in association with NSDC will set the new benchmarks for the Indian Education System. It is certainly an integrated approach to bridge the gap between industry and academia that provides win-win situation for all the stakeholders i.e. industry, academia, government and students. Congratulations to the team BFGI for the grand success of this mega event!!!